Sunday, July 6, 2014

An Early Summer Harvest

 I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, despite the less than idyllic weather on Friday.  I didn't mind it though.  Hurricane Arthur brought us some much needed rain as the garden's been so dry lately.  Everything will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming days.

This past week, I picked my fennel as they were starting to bolt.  I'm sure the dry hot weather had something to do with it.  It was still tasty though.

 The shell peas are finally making their way into the kitchen.  These ended up in a pasta fagioli soup.

Most of my artichoke plants are producing buds now.  I think I'll pick a few more and then let the rest develop into full flowers and go to seed.  The birds should enjoy that.

 And the summer squash continues to roll in everyday.  We've eaten our fill and given many of them away.  Now it's time to think about preserving some for the winter.  I think I'll dust off the dehydrator.

 I'm starting to pick my currents.  Ideally, I would pick them when they are perfectly ripe.  Unfortunately, the birds don't pay any regard to my wishes.  And so, I have to pick them while I still can.  I think in the end, we'll still get a decent crop.

 We've had a pretty good Fava bean harvest so far this year.  I could eat them everyday and not get tired of them.  Next year, I'd like to grow even more.  To that end, I've left unpicked a few plants from which I'll save seed for next year. 

 I can't claim this particular harvest but I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful eggs we've been getting from our neighbor lately.  Maybe next year, we can get a few hens ourselves. 

Finally, I've started to pick some flowers for the house, like these sweet peas.  I've never grown them before, but can honestly say that they've earned a permanent place in the garden.  Their scent is intoxicating, like some of the sweetest roses and lilacs you've ever smelled. 

13 comments:

  1. Love sweet pea flowers and nice harvest, I'm always drooling on others fruit harvest because I couldn't grow them.

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  2. Beautiful harvests--love the colors on those sweet peas.

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  3. Lovely photos and this is the first year that I have successfully grown sweet peas.

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  4. Gorgeous harvest and such a great variety! Love that beautiful fennel and peas, and my oh my on those eggs!

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  5. Lovely harvests. Unlike you, I'm trying to get my fennel to go to seed, but it doesn't seem to want to. And I wish I had neighbors with fresh eggs. I'm disappointed with the eggs from the farmers market this year. We used to have a egg seller that really pastured her chickens and the eggs were wonderful. These don't seem any better than from the grocery store.

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  6. Those sweet peas are gorgeous...I really want some fava beans - so kicking myself for not including them in the garden this year.

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  7. I'm curios, I would love to plant artichokes but gardener pals have given me mixed signals about effort vs reward. yours look great by the way!

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    1. Hi Mrs. H, If I had to base my decision on whether to grow artichokes based solely on yield, I probably won't grow them. However, they are very beautiful plants and I couldn't imagine my garden without them. And out of all of the things I grow in my garden, the artichokes never fail to stop visitors in their tracks. They are amazed because most people who live here in New England have never seen an artichoke plant in their life.

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  8. Very nice harvest. I can only dream of having enough artichokes that I would just let the rest go to seed.

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  9. Nice harvest and sweet peas. Love those flowers.

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  10. Beautiful fennel, even if it is starting to bolt! And I love those pattypan squashes. My white ones are just now setting on. Not very many folks grow them, at least not the ones I know. I wish we could get a bit more rain, but the hurricane didn't do anything for us way over in the midwest.

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  11. Rain? What's that? :) The sweet peas are gorgeous! My fennel bolted ages ago, but when I harvested it I cut it off at the soil level and now it's produced a bunch of new sprouts from the roots. I don't know it they will bolt ASAP, but in the meantime I've got baby fennel greens to harvest. Dang, I should have put some in my lunch salad.

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  12. Lovely harvest Thomas. Your fennel looks particularly good, I have not grown fennel in a few years now.

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